Home Maintenance Task to Tackle this December!
There’s so much holiday cheer to hang up and drink down this December. And doing routine chores seems like a wet blanket over the holiday season. But did you know that doing some home maintenance task this December is just like giving yourself an early holiday present? We’ve created a handy checklist of home maintenance tasks that need to be completed this month, plus tips for how to do them faster and easier—or with the help of a pro.
- Clear snow and ice from walkways.
To use a snowblower and avoid constantly having to adjust the chute, start in the middle of the driveway and blow the snow to one side, then make a U-turn and blow the snow to the other side. If you’re using a shovel, clear the snow after every 2 or 3 inches of snowfall, which is significantly better for your back, heart, and general disposition than trying to lift a foot or more of snow. It is still best to contract with a snow-removal service at the beginning of the snowy season and pin down a price.
- Prevent ice damming
If you live in a frigid or snowy climate, you can install heating cables along the edge of your roof to keep snow runoff from freezing. A roofing company may install heating cables on your roof for some professional fees.
- Check all house insulation
Check attic insulation to make sure it hasn’t deteriorated or flattened, which will reduce its efficiency.: Look across your attic, and see if the insulation is level with the attic floor joists, or if it’s packed below—which indicates you need more. The cheapest way to beef up insulation is to lay down fiberglass batts. Putting down insulation is labor-intensive and can be messy. And an insulation company can do this to ensure safety and effectiveness.
- Put up/take down holiday decorations
Before you hang decorations, make sure to replace your old, incandescent lightbulbs with LED lights, which stay cooler and decrease fire risk. If you hang lights in the same place each year, install permanent hangers, which will save time every year thereafter. When you take down the lights, keep them from tangling by winding them around a cord holder or heavy cardboard, or threading them in and around an old Pringles can.
- Clean the chimney
This is a must-do, regardless of whether you are burning wood logs or have a gas fireplace. If you haven’t gotten a chimney sweep yet this year, now’s the time to get on it before you fire that baby up—dirty chimneys are a leading cause of house fires. To keep things clean year-round, remove fireplace ash after each blaze. If you have a compost pile, throw ashes there, which will help make luscious soil.
You can clean the chimney yourself, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. We recommend calling a ptofrssional fot this route to make sure your chimney has gotten the full work-up before you set a Yuletide log ablaze.
- Prevent icy hazards
Take steps to deal with any home issues that could prove dangerous in icy weather. Turn off water to exterior spigots, drain them, and leave them open throughout the winter to minimize chances of frozen, burst pipes. Make sure outdoor stair railings aren’t wobbly, which could cause someone to slip and fall on iced-over steps. Wrap exposed piping in your basement and garage with heat tape, which will keep water flowing freely in cold snaps. Trim overhanging branches that could cause roof damage if they snap under the weight of snow or ice.
- Get rid of critters
Squirrels, rats, and raccoons will crawl through any hole or crack in your toasty attic to stay warm. It’s so much easier to keep pests out than to chase them away. Inspect your home’s exterior to make sure vents are covered, holes are patched, and cracks are sealed. Most animal removal companies will get rid of pests for you, but for a hefty price!
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